People Like Us // Review

Good day fellow bookworms. How are we feeling on this charmed Tuesday??

My day has been pretty uneventful. Online school and far too much time on Pinterest, ya know, the norm. Toss in some showtunes and a dabble of fanfic reading and that would basically sum it up.

Since I’ve yet to claw my way out of the fiery pits of my current reading slump, we are going to be venturing to the great depths that is my draft folder for this review. I have enough drafts to fuel me into the next apocalypse, so at least reading no new books can help me clear out that folder.

Book: People Like Us

Author: Dana Mele

Published February 27th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Format: ebook

Trigger Warnings

death, bullying, suicide

  • Riddles, because ~drama~ Ooh riddles. The riddles and such were such an interesting way to build suspense and create drama. When I read mysteries, I liked to make them my entire personality for a solid week, so the riddles really allowed me dive right in and try to crack things myself. However, I wish the revenge blog storyline hadn’t been neglected. Towards the beginning, it was very do-or-die, but then they just… forget about it half way through??? So there are no consequences to not following?? Ok then…
  • The sheer amount of drama is 10/10 entertaining. Even if the main murder plot line itself was predictable, there was a whole lot of other stuff going on that made People Like Us a wildly entertaining read. From friend drama, to family secrets I had so many questions and wanted to read more more more.
  • I’d rather listen to nails on a chalkboard than Kay’s poor life choices. The main character, Kay, is a mean girl. It made it very difficult to feel bad for her when she straight up Regina George-ed everyone and then felt absolutely no guilt about any of it. The way she justified everything in her mind by saying oh, well they deserved it or it’s about time some one told them— like no. No ma’am, we do not like the unsolicited hate on everyone. Kindly chill your biscuit and shut up please and thank you.
  • Playing never have I ever is not an effective way to solve a murder. Come on guys, seriously?? Honestly, what speaks most about this scene is the fact that Kay is absolutely TRASH at solving murder. And the fact that Kay was trying to prove her innocence the whole time but made herself look guiltier and guiltier by meddling. Back off, and stop looking so guilty Kay.
  • Motive? What’s that? It was fairly easy to guess the murderer (during the buddy read with @booksofmagicandmystery, we guessed after chapter 8 or so), but the motive was so surface level. The I-was-bullied-and-now-I-want-to kill-the-mean-girl-plot going on here and I’m not here for it. I wish there could have been something more, something that didn’t meet the eye immediately.

I generally enjoyed reading this book! There were definitely some moments that dragged, but being able to discuss them made the whole book go by super fast! If you enjoy morally grey characters, a whole lot of drama, and boarding school settings, then People Like Us might be for you!

Do you enjoy lot’s of drama when you read mysteries, or would you rather focus on the murder?? Have you read people like us?? What did you think??

10 thoughts on “People Like Us // Review

  1. Great review April! I’ve been meaning to read this for so long, but maybe I won’t now lol. I totally understand what you mean by books have very stereotypical tropes. I enjoyed reading this! And I love murder mysteries so if you have any good recs, I’d be happy to know! 😀

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    1. thank you so much Saniya! yea I’m all for my favorite tropes, but often in mysteries it makes them predictable. murder mystery recs??? ooh I got this! I literally have a bulleted list in my drafts folder lol
      1. Stalking Jack the Ripper Series by Kerri Maniscalco- Historical mystery romance, lot’s of gory descriptions of vivid imagery (check trigger warnings on that), top notch banter, 4 book series
      2. Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus- contemporary mystery, spooky hometown vibes, unreliable narrator, dual pov, honestly my favorite book of McManus’s, standalone
      3. Dare You To Lie (and the whole Hometown Antihero Series) by Amber Lynn Natusch- contemporary mystery, snappy dialogue, badass female mc, small town secrets, underrated gems, a bit of drama with mystery, two books in the series third is in the works
      4. A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson- contemporary mystery, relatable main character, twisty, mixed media, easy to follow thought process, one of my favorite mysteries EVER, seriously just read it, two books currently out third one releasing on august 5th and I’m literally counting down the days
      Also, Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson is high up on my tbr. it sounds absolutely fabulous and I cannot way to get my hands on it!!
      umm so that got aggressively long very quickly, but mysteries are my original love sooo. anyway, happy reading!!

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  2. This was such a great reviewww! And the list of recs you gave above also sound soo intriguing! I’ll surely read all of them soon because even I’m a great fan of mystery! Thank you so much!!💙


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